FMCSA Withdraws Truck Label Proposal

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) withdrew its June 17, 2015, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would have required each commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operated by a United States-domiciled (U.S.- domiciled) motor carrier engaged in interstate commerce to display a label.

This label would have been required to be applied by the vehicle manufacturer or a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Registered Importer. The purpose was to document the vehicle's compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) in effect as of the date of manufacture.

FMCSA withdrew the NPRM because commenters, including TIA, raised substantive issues, which led the Agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.

Because the FMVSSs are critical to the operational safety of CMVs and crossreferenced in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), FMCSA has determined that it can most effectively ensure that motor carriers maintain the safety equipment and features provided by the FMVSSs through enforcement of the FMCSRs. Therefore, making an additional FMVSS certification labeling regulation unnecessary.

TIA applauds the Agency for withdrawing this proposed rule, which was seen by many in the transportation industry, including TIA as nothing more than government overreach.